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Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

ProudProgressive 2012/08/07 15:02:35

In the wake of yet another senseless and tragic mass murder, it's almost scary the degree of denial the Right Wing Media has demonstrated as to the reasons for the shocking increase in violence coming from the Far Right. How quickly they forget that three and a half years ago, all of these developments were predicted in a report by the Department of Homeland Security authorized and prepared by Bush Administration DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and released by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in the Spring of 2009. How easy it is to forget campaigns of "second amendment solutions" and "don't retreat, reload" and maps with gunsights on Democratic Congressmen and assault rifles at town hall meetings. But the American people don't forget that easily.

EDIT: As several have asked, here is a link to the DHS Report itself:

http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf

Article excerpt follows:

Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism
By Annie-Rose Strasser
Aug 7, 2012

The gunman in the shooting at a Sikh temple over the weekend has been labeled a potential domestic terrorist — defined as one who incites politically-motivated violence against his or her own country. In Wade Michael Page’s case, that political motivation was likely white supremacy, a growing problem in the United States.

But when, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security reported that white supremacy is the US’s biggest threat for domestic terror, it was met with harsh criticism. Conservatives blasted the department for defining terror threats too broadly, instead of focusing on potential Islamic terrorists. Then-House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was one of those who berated DHS, saying that they weren’t focusing on the real threats the US faces:

[T]he Secretary of Homeland Security owes the American people an explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation. Everyone agrees that the Department should be focused on protecting America, but using such broad-based generalizations about the American people is simply outrageous.

The report was titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” and it named white supremacists, radical anti-abortionists, and a few “disgruntled veterans” as most susceptible to recruitment by extremist groups, or to harboring resentment that may lead to domestic terrorism. DHS stressed that, during recessions, these threats go up, and law enforcement should be on the lookout for such extremism:

DHS/I&A; has concluded that white supremacist lone wolves pose the most significant domestic terrorist threat because of their low profile and autonomy—separate from any formalized group—which hampers warning efforts..[...]

Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A; is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.

The report’s findings were congruous with previous studies that indicate right wing extremism is responsible for more instances of violence every year (with the exception of 2001, when the September 11th attacks happened) in the United States than Islamic extremist. It also tracks with the rise of hate groups in the US since 2000.

Sec. Janet Napolitano ended up withdrawing the report and apologizing to veterans who felt they’d been called out, stressing that the threat was limited to a very small number of veterans.

Page, the Sikh temple shooter, was one of these veterans. According to Oak Creek, Wisconsin law enforcement, he served in the army from 1992 to 1998. He was administratively discharged in 1998, and had a known “patterns of misconduct.” After leaving the service, he was arrested twice, once for a DUI and once for criminal mischief — both in the 1990s.

The gunman had also been tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center for around a decade because of his ties to white supremacy groups. While he apparently “popped up” on the FBI’s radar about six years ago, it seems they had no active investigation.

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  • Bastion 2012/08/07 15:07:41
    Bastion
    +11
    ALL decision, ALL opinions, ALL policy, ALL support from Republicans and Conservatives is POLITICAL.
    Humans are disposable. rights are disposable, SOLDIERS are disposable, IF ONLY it hurts Obama, THAT'S the only reason for ANYTHING.

    The People of the United States should WATCH THE HELL OUT - Conservatives don't give a SH*T about you or your problems or your safety. It's ALL politics, and THEIR bottom line.

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  • Idiot repubs 2012/08/08 18:49:06
    Idiot repubs
    Sad that Obama was correct again and the GOP fought him about it.
  • HOMBRE 2012/08/08 15:47:52 (edited)
    HOMBRE
    This is plain Bull poop
    Just like these news programs always saying Tea Party than we have to look for the recant in the sport page. These liberals news people get caught doctoring up splicing and nobody ever gets fired.Leftest are the trouble in this country. Anything communist is just plain evil and thats left
  • MorbidCynic 2012/08/07 20:04:17 (edited)
    MorbidCynic
    There is no right-wing domestic terrorism, stop posting lies.
  • Jasmine MorbidC... 2012/08/07 23:49:14
    Jasmine
    +1
    So you're Page was a liberal? Yeah, right.
  • MorbidC... Jasmine 2012/08/08 12:19:00
    MorbidCynic
    What are you talking about?
  • Jasmine MorbidC... 2012/08/08 23:02:57
    Jasmine
    I meant to say... So you're saying Page was a liberal...
  • ProudPr... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 13:18:29
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    LOL, no, not unless you count

    Timothy McVeigh
    Jared Loughner
    James Van Brunn
    Scott Roeder
    Byron Williams
    James Holmes
    Wade Michael Page
  • unclepat 2012/08/07 19:29:49
    unclepat
    +5
    I'll say it again. Today's brand of conservatism will lead to the ultimate destruction of this country unless cooler GOP heads man up, grow some damn cajones and get the idiots out of their party!
  • MorbidC... unclepat 2012/08/07 20:05:39 (edited)
    MorbidCynic
    Sorry to disappoint you but conservatives aren't doing anything to destroy this country, it's the liberals who are doing that.
  • unclepat MorbidC... 2012/08/07 21:31:45
    unclepat
    +4
    Believe that if you want to but the proof is out there every single day with the conservatives doing everything in their power to ensure that this nation won't go forward. All so they can get the black guy out of the White House!
  • MorbidC... unclepat 2012/08/08 12:19:39
    MorbidCynic
    There is no proof to back up your claims so you should just shut up.
  • ProudPr... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 13:19:48
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    You ought to read the DHS report.

    http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint...
  • unclepat MorbidC... 2012/08/08 22:25:19
    unclepat
    Oh there's plenty of proof alright. It's not my fault that you choose to remain ignorant of the facts that quite literally beat you up on a daily basis!
    So do yourself and everyone else here with brains a favor and try SHUTTING THE HELL UP YOURSELF!! lol
  • Jasmine unclepat 2012/08/08 00:00:56
  • cjj ~ FTGOP 2012/08/07 18:45:52
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    +6
    In AZ the extreme right militias are a reality. Timothy McVeigh breeding grounds. TP roots.
    http://www.alternet.org/story...
  • MorbidC... cjj ~ F... 2012/08/07 20:06:33 (edited)
    MorbidCynic
    +1
    There are no extreme right militias, and don't compare right wingers or the TP with timothy mcveigh.
  • cjj ~ F... MorbidC... 2012/08/07 20:53:41 (edited)
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    +4
    You're talking to someone who lives in rural AZ. These extreme right militias are REAL whether you want to face it or not. Sorry but your statement is an epic fail as I know better.

    I was not "comparing" Tim MVeigh to the TP. I stated that AZ was the breeding ground of Timothy McVeigh. He planned his bombing in Kingman, AZ.

    I admit I could have worded better.
  • MorbidC... cjj ~ F... 2012/08/08 12:21:35
    MorbidCynic
    I said it before I'll say it again, there are no extreme right militias, you liberals just like to assume anyone you don't like is an extreme right winger and I'm getting tired of it.
  • ProudPr... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 13:27:21 (edited)
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    You can say it all you want, but it isn't true. This country is infested with Right Wing extremist militias. I assume you've heard of the "Oathkeepers", for instance, and certainly the KKK has not gone away. Or are you going to try to argue that the Ku Klux Klan is a liberal group.

    http://www.splcenter.org/sear...
  • cjj ~ F... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 14:11:45
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    +2
    Say it all you want...just because you keep chanting it doesn't make it true. This little girl was killed by a militia who had a BIG problem with illegals. OH, we all hear of Christina Greene but ever hear of Bresnia Flores? Ever hear of Shawna Forde, the woman who is responsible for Bresnia's death? She sure as hell wasn't "left." Shawna Forde was a RIGHT-WING extremist!

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politic...

    Sorry. Hunting down illegals NOT a "left" practice. The only reason you don't wanna believe it is because the consequences of the right-wing rhetoric sickens even you!

    Don't bother me anymore with you whiny little "They don't exist" BS. I know better. Even via the web your denial rings loudly with snivel.

    The hate of the RW KILLS!
  • ProudPr... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 13:25:35
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    The Tea Party is about as far to the Right as you can get without the armbands, and Timothy McVeigh could have been the poster child for conservative America.

    As far as Right Wing Militias, the SPLC estimates there are at least 1200 such groups in the United States, most formed since America realized that it was going to have a black President. (I'm sure that's purely coincidental, of course)

    http://www.utne.com/Politics/...
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-...
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/08/07 18:29:15
    **StarzAbove**
    +7
    All one has to do is look at all the extremists here on Sodahead. Republicans spew their hate all the time for the government, the president, etc. all the time. And when something happens like all these shootings, they wonder why. The hate needs to stop.
  • MorbidC... **Starz... 2012/08/08 12:22:37
    MorbidCynic
    So it's ok for liberals to spew all he hate they want but conservatives can't say 1 bad thing about someone they don't like? Can you spell hypocrisy?
  • ProudPr... **Starz... 2012/08/08 13:29:27
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    I think SodaHead has a much higher percentage of right wingers than the general public.
  • **Starz... ProudPr... 2012/08/08 13:46:33
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    I agree. Some of my family is conservative and they are not too happy with Romney at all.
  • Lefty 2012/08/07 16:53:40
    Lefty
    +4
    I think it's pretty clear who these gun toting extremists party with.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/08/07 15:30:17
    jackolantyrn356
    So far all the Mass killers have been Left Winger Nut Jobs
  • ProudPr... jackola... 2012/08/07 15:32:52
    ProudProgressive
    +12
    Yeah, aside from

    Jared Loughner
    James Holmes
    Scott Roeder
    James Van Brunn
    Timothy McVeigh
    Wade Michael Page
    Anders Breivik
  • gocar ProudPr... 2012/08/07 16:39:19
    gocar
    +4
    What planet do these people live on? I believe it is called a bad case of cognitive dissonance.
  • cjj ~ F... gocar 2012/08/07 18:47:53
  • cjj ~ F... ProudPr... 2012/08/07 18:48:41
  • MorbidC... ProudPr... 2012/08/08 12:23:22 (edited)
    MorbidCynic
    None of those are right wingers dumbass, at least not the criminals jared, timothy, and james. I don't know about the others.
  • ProudPr... MorbidC... 2012/08/08 13:33:47
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Timothy McVeigh was a far right wing government hater who was part of the right wing militia movement and blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City as revenge against the United States government for the events at Waco and Ruby Ridge. His plan was to inspire a revolt against the United States government. This guy was so far to the Right that he could have been a founding member of the Tea Party.
  • gocar jackola... 2012/08/07 16:37:53
    gocar
    +5
    You have to be kidding??? Give me proof of that statement.
  • Queen B gocar 2012/08/07 19:00:03
    Queen B
    +2
    eh...he's off the meds again apparently
  • unclepat Queen B 2012/08/07 19:12:03
    unclepat
    +3
    Anytime he types an almost coherent statement is when he's really gone off the deep end! lol
  • Queen B unclepat 2012/08/07 20:29:38
    Queen B
    +3
    LOL! And he didn't refer to Marxists this time! laughing emoticon
  • ProudPr... Queen B 2012/08/08 13:34:35
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    Give him time. He ALWAYS works in Marxists sooner or later.

    groucho marxism
  • Queen B ProudPr... 2012/08/08 18:28:43
    Queen B
    +1
    It's almost like a form of Tourette's....he can't help but blurt it out!
  • twocrows gocar 2012/08/07 19:50:01
    twocrows
    +4
    ummmmmmmm - - facts are the one thing jackolantyrn wants nothing to do with. so proof will not be forthcoming. proud and cjj, otoh, post enough facts to make up for him.

    there are none so blind as those who will not see. so sad.

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